North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

DPRK Ambassador to Germany Appointed

The SPA Presidium appointed Ri Si-hong (Yi Si-hong; Ri Si Hong) as DPRK Ambassador to Germany.  Ri replaces Hong Ch’ang-il, who was appointed ambassador in Berlin in March 2006.  Hong … Continue reading


PRC, DPRK Begin Joint Patrol of Yalu

The DPRK and PRC began their first joint patrol effort over shipping traffic in the Yalu River.  Xinhua English reports: The action, aimed at maintaining navigation order along the river, … Continue reading

06/19/2011 · Leave a comment

Kim Jong Il Meets Li Yuanchao

Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il) met with Li Yuanchao, head of the CPCC Organization Department and member of the Political Bureau of the CPC on Monday (13 June).  Li arrived … Continue reading

06/13/2011 · Leave a comment

2nd Meeting of PRC-DPRK Economic Zone Guidance Committee

The DPRK and PRC held the second meeting of its committee supervising the development of Naso’n (Najin-So’ngbong) and two area in North P’yo’ngan Province (Hwanggu’mp’yo’ng and Wihwa).  KCNA reported: The … Continue reading

06/13/2011 · Leave a comment

Yang Hyong Sop Visits Africa

SPA Presidium Vice President visited Africa during 26 May to 9 June.  He departed the country on 26 May and traveled to Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea.  Yang spent four (4) … Continue reading

06/13/2011 · Leave a comment

Ceremony Held to Open Hwanggumphyong

On Wednesday [8 June] a ceremony was held on Hwangkimp’yo’ng Island near the Sino-DPRK border.  PRC Minister of Commerce Chen Deming and, from the DPRK,  Jang Song Taek (Chang So’ng-t’aek) … Continue reading

06/08/2011 · Leave a comment

Political Bureau Meets

The CC KWP Political Bureau convocated an “enlarged meeting” on Monday [6 June], according to KCNA.  Much of the agenda focused on a report about Kim Cho’ng-il’s recently completed trip … Continue reading

06/08/2011 · 2 Comments

SPA Decree Opens Wihwa and Hwanggumphyong Islands near DPRK-PRC Border

The Supreme People’s Assembly’s [SPA] Presidium adopted a decision to designate Wihwa and Hwangkimp’yo’ng Islands, and several other parcels in North P’yo’ngan Province near the DPRK-Sino border.  The DPRK announced … Continue reading

06/07/2011 · Leave a comment

DPRK Foreign Minister Meets with Iran Delegation at NAM

KCNA reported 31 May on the return of Foreign Minister Pak U’i-ch’un (Pak Ui Chun) to the DPRK after attending the NAM [Non-aligned Movement] summit in Bali [Indonesia].  Jakarta Post … Continue reading

06/07/2011 · Leave a comment

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